Today while showering I had so many thoughts bouncing around in my mind, that for the first time ever I felt compelled to write them down. I mean I literally went to find my journal notebook right after I dried off from the shower so I wouldn't forget what had entered my mind. It seemed they were all GOOD ideas, and I didn't want to forget them. Here goes: 1. The smells of autumn in the air were so strong and prominent as I walked this morning outside.......I was amazed at the memories these aromas brought forth to my consciousness while I walked. I supposed that even if I could not see, the nose alone would tell you it was fall. 2. How does one stay relevant as they age? I mean in the sense of still mattering to others. Does anyone keep caring what you care about or think about? Or do you become just someone who USED to make a difference but no longer is sought after for conversation or advice to any degree that matters. Relevance. 3. Do you need to have goals in life or is it enough just to drift along, doing what you want as the thought arises? Will you suffer from no sense of accomplishment without goals, nothing to check off a list, mental or on paper? 4. Today is Sunday, and I usually make it a point to take my mother out of Assisted Living on Sunday for a ride, cemetery visit to my Dad, maybe just a brief trip to pick up essentials from Walgreen's. Today I am having her to our place for supper.......figuring it would be a nice change from her usual meal fare and a chance to be somewhere else for a few hours. I don't always feel like doing this, but I feel a sense of responsibility to do it. Sometimes I think what it will be like if it were me in Assisted Living, how something simple like I do would have a lot of meaning if it were done for me. Am I keeping her relevant? 5. Is there a pattern to my quiltmaking............a style? I've noticed I seem to be drawn to fabric with lines, usually uneven lines or curved lines, not straight lines as in striped fabrics. I realized that much of my recent work has involved linear fabrics or linear stitching on other fabrics.....I just purchased another yard of fabric recently that when I saw it at the fabric store, I grabbed it without a second thought, and without any idea of what to do with it. I'm working on a small art quilt now with that fabric.......I'll post it next. I guess that's it for random thoughts in the shower........I was all over the place this morning it seems, and now I'm here. Have a good Sunday!